There was a brief moment of panic in mid July when articles with damning headlines such as “Federal court rules that sharing your Netflix password is a federal crime” clogged the news. I was on vacation with my family at the time, and I felt a jolt of anxiety because, truth be told, a friend shares her Netflix password with me. Did this mean the end of endless hours of entertainment?
Thankfully, when I got home I did some research and learned that the headlines weren’t quite right. In fact, they weren’t true at all because the case that sparked the articles had nothing to do with Netflix. Zero. Nada. Conversely, Netflix says “the company views such [password] sharing as a positive and a way to attract new customers.” So why was Netflix dragged into this at all? A dissenting judge said in the ruling [PDF] that it might set precedent for sharing passwords to be possibly illegal in the future. That’s what caused the flurry of scary articles.
Netflix is a great way to spend the evening hours. Family movie night. Friend movie night. Netflix and chill night. But sometimes it’s better to binge watch by yourself
The Windows 10 Anniversary Update brings a number of new features to Microsoft’s latest operating system – some more significant than others – but expect some annoyances as well. Windows 10 is a solid operating system that is receiving a good slew of bug fixes and feature enhancements free of charge, on a potentially free OS upgrade (if you came from a Windows 7 or 8 PC).
After the update you may notice some icons and shortcuts you had probably deleted, like the Windows Store or the Edge browser icon on the taskbar, have been added back. That’s just old Microsoft keeping to old ways, but that’s easily fixed. Deeper Cortana integration has also been a controversial subject ahead of the Anniversary Update release, but for the most part this can also be tweaked, disabled or ignored completely.
Now, something that may not be as obvious is that the big update is treated almost like a Windows upgrade. To keep on the safe side, Microsoft’s install setup saves a full copy of your current Windows installation (that’s the Windows.old directory right there), and while this will come handy in case something goes wrong or you need to revert back, it
Chrome has come a long way since its first beta was released in 2008. Currently sitting at the top of the desktop and mobile market share charts, Google’s browser is flexible, feature packed, and cross-platform. But for all its popularity Chrome is also notorious for its habit of consuming a lot of RAM and draining battery life on laptops.
The reason for this has to do in part with something called process isolation, which is meant to make Chrome more stable and secure. By separating every tab, plugin, and extension into its own process, if a single plugin or website crashes it doesn’t bring down the whole browser. Likewise, by this same logic, if an attack takes place in one tab, it’s harder for it to access data on another tab.
This is why you see a lot different entries for Chrome when you open up Task Manager on your computer, and since the browser needs to duplicate some tasks for every tab, it all adds up. Certain plugins and extensions can also contribute to higher memory usage, and some behind the scenes enhancements, like Chrome’s prerendering feature can make loading up a webpage faster by predicting where you’ll go
Flash, it’s been a good run. We’ve had a lot of fun together, but it’s time to get some distance… permanently. That doesn’t erase my fond memories of playing together back in the day, but we both have to wake up and face the truth. You’re outdated and insecure and untrustworthy. It’s not me, it’s you.
Fake breakup aside, if you’ve been following the recent issues with Flash that just don’t seem to stop you might be thinking you want to be done with it altogether. That’s where we come in. It’s simple to wipe every trace of Flash from your computer, but first you have to know what you’re dealing with. I wasn’t sure if I still had it installed so I checked, and there it was.
The next step is to remove Flash from your Windows or Mac system, and from any browsers you use. And don’t worry, if you feel some separation anxiety — or there’s something you really need Flash to use — we’ve also included instructions for downloading Flash back onto your system at the bottom of this quick guide.
Disabling Flash on Windows
Download and install the Windows Flash uninstaller from Adobe here. Close
Live Linux environments work just like a typical operating system but run entirely from a CD or USB stick — the latter being the most common choice these days. Since nothing is written to the host computer’s local storage, when you’re done all you need to do is remove the media, reboot, and everything will be exactly as it was.
There are a number of uses to this, from simply test driving Linux to troubleshooting a Windows PC, or work on the go from someone else’s computer but running your own OS securely with all your personal files and settings.
There are basically two options when it comes to running Linux from a USB drive: from within Windows using virtualization software such as VirtualBox, or creating a boot disk. This quick guide details both methods in a few easy steps.
Running Linux from a USB drive in Windows
This option will come in handy if you want to run a Live Linux environment but need to retain access to Windows. Perhaps you just want to do something real quick without rebooting, or want to be able to hide the virtualized Linux instance. Our preferred weapon of choice here is a
In this chapter, you will learn about inserting and formatting pictures. Specific topics in this chapter include the following:
- Inserting pictures
- Cropping and resizing pictures
- Formatting pictures
- Compressing pictures
- Creating a photo album
PowerPoint makes it easy to insert pictures both from your computer and from online locations. You can format inserted pictures in dozens of ways in PowerPoint. Apply a picture style to get a complete look with one click. Add a color tint to a series of random pictures to help them look more cohesive. Crop to fit your slide, drop out backgrounds, correct fuzziness—the list goes on and on….
Images can help tell your story and engage your audience, but you want to be careful when sourcing them. Make sure that the picture tells the story you’re trying to tell and that it’s appropriate for the audience.
Especially when searching online, you must be careful not to violate copyright laws. Just because an image is on the Web doesn’t mean you have the right to use it in your presentation. Although PowerPoint searches by default for images available for use through Creative Commons licenses, in many cases, you’re better off purchasing inexpensive royalty-free stock photos.
In this chapter, you discover how notebooks work in OneNote, including how to start new notebooks as well as remove old notebooks you no longer use. Topics include
- Learning how notebooks are structured
- Creating new notebooks
- Opening and closing existing notebooks
- Removing old notebooks
Notebooks are the holders of all your note-taking efforts in Microsoft OneNote. Much like a folder holds files or a document holds text, a notebook holds all the items you deem worthy as notes. In fact, you can think of a notebook as a specialized folder of sorts, but with its own interface and unique tools. A notebook automatically expands and saves all the content you place into it, without any effort on your part. All you have to do is decide how you want to organize your notes and where to place them on a page. You can create as many notebooks as you want, and you never have to worry about running out of paper. It’s so easy, you might find yourself keeping notebooks for all kinds of projects you hadn’t previously thought about. Because you can quickly sync them across devices, your notebooks can always go where you go. You can print
Fields are the often-underappreciated placeholders that work behind the scenes in a document. They help perform the magic involved with many of the most powerful features in Word, such as mail merging, indexing, automatic generation of tables of contents, automatic figure numbering, cross-referencing, page numbering, and more.
There are many different types of fields, each with a specific purpose, but they break down into three main categories. You can use fields to do the following:
- Insert text or graphics into the document, such as page numbering, dates and times, text from other documents, graphics from external files, document properties, or calculated values.
- Mark a location for later use, such as with a bookmark, table of contents marker, or indexing code.
- Perform an action, such as running a macro or opening a hyperlink in a web browser.
Yet another way to use fields is to create user-interactive forms. In this chapter, you see how fields work and how to insert them, and you find out how to use form fields to create forms.
How Word Uses Fields
Many people use fields in Word without even realizing it because so many of Word’s features automatically insert and
Along with the Fitbit Zip ($59.95), among the company’s other offerings are the Fitbit One ($99.95), Flex ($99.95), Charge ($129.95), Charge HR ($149.95), and the Surge (a $249.95 smartwatch). As you can see from the company’s website, the Zip and One are small, clip-on trackers, whereas the Flex, Charge, Charge HR, and top-of-the-line Surge are bracelets.
You can find Fitbit products at consumer electronics stores such as Best Buy, as well as mass-market retailers, including Target and Walmart.
All of these Fitbit devices track steps, calories burned, and distance throughout the wearer’s day (including when they’re involved in workouts or fitness-oriented activities). These devices can monitor “active minutes” versus time when the wearer is stationary.
Depending on the Fitbit model, some also display a clock, handle sleep tracking, track the number of floors climbed, and allow the user to set various types of alarms.
The Charge HD and Surge also include some of the broader functionality of a full-featured smartwatch. For example, the Surge offers GPS tracking, the ability to
The macro recorder is a good introduction into the world of VBA programming, but it’s not meant to be your only teacher. It provides a simplistic approach to coding with Excel’s object model, but is by far not a teacher of advanced or efficient programming methods. You can even pick up some bad habits if you rely on it as your only means of learning VBA. Like many other programmers, I did start off with the recorder but eventually moved to the next level.
Here are 10 things I had to learn to take my programming skill up a notch.
1. The Macro Recorder Is a Terrible Teacher, But You Can Learn from It.
I’m not saying to throw out the recorder and never use it again. In truth, most of the time I find it more useful then Microsoft’s help files when I need to look up an object or its properties and methods. Need the code for creating a pivot table? Then go ahead and record it so you can see the objects and steps involved. But then improve the code by using the advice below.
2. Declare Your Variables!
Although pivot tables provide an extremely fast way to summarize data, sometimes the pivot table defaults are not exactly what you need. In such cases, you can use many powerful settings to tweak pivot tables. These tweaks range from making cosmetic changes to changing the underlying calculation used in the pivot table.
In Excel , you find controls to customize a pivot table in myriad places: the Analyze tab, Design tab, Field Settings dialog, Data Field Settings dialog, PivotTable Options dialog, and context menus.
Rather than cover each set of controls sequentially, this chapter covers the following functional areas in making pivot table customization:
- Minor cosmetic changes—Change blanks to zeros, adjust the number format, and rename a field. The fact that you must correct these defaults in every pivot table that you create is annoying.
- Layout changes—Compare three possible layouts, show/hide subtotals and totals, and repeat row labels.
- Major cosmetic changes—Use pivot table styles to format a pivot table quickly.
- Summary calculations—Change from Sum to Count, Min, Max, and more. In a pivot table that defaults to Count of Revenue, change it to default to Sum of Revenue instead.
- Advanced calculations—Use settings to show data as a running total,
Specific topics in this chapter include the following:
- Creating a Sway account
- Finding your way around Sway
- Creating a new Sway
- Signing in and out of Sway
Getting started with Sway is easy—sign up using your Microsoft account and begin designing. You can create a Sway from scratch or convert a Word document, PowerPoint presentation, or PDF to Sway. If you’re not sure where to begin, view sample Sways to discover how they were designed and use these for inspiration or as a template for your own Sways.
Creating a Sway Account
Creating an account on Sway is a simple, straightforward process. All you need is a Microsoft account and access to the Internet through your computer or iOS mobile device.
Create a Sway Account
You can quickly create a free account on Sway (https://sway.com). When you create your account, you open a blank Sway canvas at the same time.
- Navigate to https://sway.com in your browser, and then click the Get Started button.